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UCLA Residency Graduation. Department of Anesthesiology faculty
and leadership hand deliver food to graduating residents

University of California, Los Angeles
Judi Turner, MD, PhD, Jack Buckley, MD, and Christine Myo Bui, MD
It has been an eventful year for the UCLA
Anesthesiology Residency Program, full of
collaborative reinforcement in residency leadership
to strengthen our educational missions during a
global health crisis. Judi Turner, MD, PhD, became
Vice Chair of Education and Jack Buckley, MD, then
made the natural transition to Program Director. In
response to the emerging pandemic, chief residents
and class representatives were invited to participate
in the COVID-19 task force formed in March by the
Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative
Medicine (DAPM). This task force met daily and
corresponded by email with important updates.
New ways of communication during social and
physical distancing occurred through frequent
resident townhalls and virtual connection using
Twitter, Instagram (UCLA_anesthesiology_reslife), and

Zoom. Chief residents Libby Wang, CA-3, Jeff Kim, CA3, and Azad Hipara, CA-3, started a monthly newsletter
with " good catch " recognition to reward residents,
and teacher of the month for positive feedback to
attendings. The special surprise highlight of the
year occurred on graduation day, when the faculty
delivered food to graduates at their homes.
A focus for incoming orientation of new CA-1 residents
included a thoughtful transition to independent work
and double coverage of cases. We continued with the
buddy system to match senior resident to new firstyear residents, and personal attending mentorship
by the Clinical Competency Committee faculty was
encouraged. We established our department's first
Intern Manual to be available to start anesthesiology
training in this unprecedented time. Our graduating
seniors, Bryant Hong, CA-3, created a COVID

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